Being a caregiver for a loved one with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is a challenging yet rewarding role that impacts every aspect of daily life. Our multidisciplinary teams at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Banner Sun Health Research Institute include social workers, because we understand Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias actually have two patients who require care and support: the person diagnosed and their family. Our caring specialists and support staff are here to help you and your loved one navigate the stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
The demands of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease evolve as the disease progresses through each stage. Although there is still much to learn about Alzheimer’s disease, continual research provides valuable information to help both the diagnosed individual and their caregivers.
Banner Health is proud to provide resources to help you understand how Alzheimer’s disease affects your loved one and what changes to expect at each stage. From recognizing the warning signs of developing disabilities to understanding important emotional, physical and non-medical needs, our extensive resource materials were developed to provide a comprehensive knowledge base from which you can seek information as needed.
Caring for your loved one as Alzheimer’s disease progresses can trigger a range of emotions, often resulting in increased stress levels. Caregiver stress is a real concern and shouldn’t be minimized. Feelings of stress, overwhelm and grief with no predictable end makes it difficult to cope while caring for not only your loved one but yourself, too. Learn the signs of caregiver stress and how to best care for your health and wellbeing so you can continue to help care for others.
Our resource page offers a variety of information and support services to help you navigate caregiving for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. You will find educational content in a variety of formats to help you learn about Alzheimer’s disease and practical strategies and tips for handling common scenarios. You can access support groups, programs and events specifically geared to caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. Finally, we also offer information for advance directives and life care planning to help you and your loved one prepare for the future. Learn more about resources available for caregivers.